Seeking Miss Florida Citrus Contestants

The Miss Florida Citrus Pageant will be held on March 19 in Winter Haven at Theatre Winter Haven. This is a Miss America preliminary pageant, so contestants must have a talent. The pageant is open to all women between the ages of 17 and 24 that either reside in Florida or attend school in Florida…

Citrus Expo to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

Citrus Expo is pleased to announce extended trade show hours for the first day of the event on Wednesday, August 17. The Gulf Citrus Growers Association is moving its annual membership event from Wednesday evening to Tuesday evening this year, as the association celebrates its 30th year. This change allows Citrus Expo to add a…

Slight Changes in USDA’s Florida Citrus Crop Forecast

The only changes made in today's U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) citrus crop forecast were in Florida. Red grapefruit decreased 3 percent, going from 8.5 million boxes to 8.2 million boxes. The projection for honey tangerines increased from 600,000 boxes to 700,000 boxes, bringing the overall Florida tangerine total to 1.5 million boxes. Download Audio…

EPA Releases Preliminary Risk Assessment

EPA Releases Preliminary Risk Assessment for Insecticides Potentially Harmful to Bees From the Environmental Protection Agency: WASHINGTON– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which shows a threat to somepollinators. EPA’s assessment, prepared in collaboration with California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation, indicates that imidacloprid potentially…

USDA Grant To Attack Citrus Greening

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Researchers share $4 million USDA grant to attack citrus greening From UF/IFAS: By: Kimberly Moore Wilmoth and Kathleen Haughney GAINESVILLE, Fla. — International researchers, including ones at the University of Florida and Florida State University, are sharing in a $4 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to attack the problem of citrus…